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(2015) Financial Accountant I – Bureau of State Government Reporting, GAAP Section – 2 Positions

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Position #:
051-420-4191-003 / 051-420-4191-007

Salary Range:
$7,097 - $8,816

Issue Date:

Lucy Xiong 916-323-6455

State Accounting & Reporting
3301 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Final Filing Date:
July 17, 2024

Individuals who are currently in this classification, or are eligible for lateral transfer or promotion, or are reachable on a certification list may apply.  

For permanent positions, SROA and surplus candidates should attach “surplus letters” to their application.  Failure to do so may result in your application not being considered.

Submit application package electronically via your CalCareers account or to address below:  

State Controller’s Office
Human Resources Office
ATTN: Classification Unit - AM
300 Capitol Mall, Ste. 300
Sacramento, CA 95814

Application package must include all the required documents.  Mailed application package must include Position #051-420-4191-003 and 051-420-4191-007 in the job title section.  Application received without this information may be rejected.   

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Applications will be screened and only the most qualified will be interviewed. Please include a copy of your degree, transcripts, and detailed work experience on your application. Application must include “to” and “from” employment dates (m/d/y), hours per week, and prior employer contact information including contact number.  Applications received without this information may not be considered for this position.

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Statement of Qualifications

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be typed in Arial font,12-point size, single-spaced, on 8.5” x 11” paper, one-inch margins, no more than two pages in length, indicate “Statement of Qualifications” at the top of the page, identify candidate’s name on each page, and answer the following questions listed below. Resumes are not an acceptable substitute for the SOQ. 

  • Please describe your experience preparing or leading the preparation of complex financial accounting analyses and reports, and communicating results to management or other stakeholders.
  • Please describe your experience performing, analyzing, and reconciling complex financial accounting transactions within a robust accounting system.

Scope of Position:
Under the general direction of a Financial Accountant II or III, the incumbent will utilize knowledge of complex governmental financial accounting and financial reporting principles and procedures to analyze, evaluate, and prepare the State’s most complex financial accounting transactions and financial reports.  The incumbent will perform complex analytical, mathematical, and technological duties; act as a Section expert; and serve as a lead to direct, train, and assist financial accounting staff involved in the preparation of the State of California's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and, to a limited degree, the Budgetary/Legal Basis Annual Report (BLBAR) and various other statewide financial reports published by the State Controller's Office. The incumbent, operating at the full journey-level of this class and exercising a high degree of independence performs the full range of duties.

Duties and Responsibilities:
(Candidates must perform the following functions with or without reasonable accommodations.)

  • Lead and assist financial accounting staff involved in the preparation of the ACFR and other financial reports prepared in accordance with GAAP and, to a limited degree, the BLBAR and other statewide financial reports.
  • Record and analyze unique and complex calculations and transactions for the State’s investments; capital assets; deferred inflows and outflows of resources; long-term liabilities, and financial position for financial reporting purposes.
  • Resolve complex problems with financial statements and GAAP-basis transactions submitted by state agencies. Prepare and analyze financial information for government-wide and fund financial statements, and other financial reporting elements including: notes, management discussion and analysis, tables, and charts.
  • Act as a lead in preparing, reviewing, submitting, and receiving annual GAAP basis transactions and financial reports requested from state agencies, component units, and other entities.
  • Communicate effectively with management, other SCO staff, and personnel at the CA State Auditor’s Office, the Department of Finance, and other state agencies in order to properly report financial information and to resolve financial accounting and reporting problems related to the application of GAAP and other requirements.
  • Work with the SGR Policy Section financial accounting staff to analyze the potential impact, assist in developing implementation methodology, and train staff on changes related to new GAAP financial accounting and reporting standards affecting statewide financial accounting, financial reporting, and the State’s annual financial statements. 
  • Ensure procedures and state agency request documentation are updated for changes to accounting standards.
  • Work with programming, data systems, and project staff to develop and maintain a variety of automated and complex financial accounting and reporting systems and tools used to record and analyze financial accounting transactions and to generate, analyze, and publish financial reports. 
  • Participate as a subject matter expert in the implementation and testing of the statewide FI$Cal that is replacing the State’s current financial accounting and reporting systems.  
  • Provide training and guidance to state accounting personnel.  Work with state agencies and their external auditors to devise procedures to properly document information provided in various financial statements.  Notify state agencies about various problems with their financial reports and provide direction in correcting them.
  • Participate in or serve as lead for special projects or ad hoc reports as required by management.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in preparing financial statements using multiple systems
  • Ability to work under pressure  
  • Able to read, understand, and interpret legislation and GASB pronouncements in relation to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Solid knowledge of accounting principles and financial statement preparation
  • Expertise in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, initiative, dependability, and ability to communicate diplomatically and effectively
  • Ability to train other departmental staff on new GASB pronouncements and other accounting matters 
  • Able to work in a team environment 
  • Ability to multi-task and lead others effectively
  • Degree in Accountancy or Business Administration
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft

MISSION:   The California Controller’s Office ensures the state government’s monetary resources are independently accounted for and disbursed according to law in a timely manner.

VISION:  The State Controller’s Office strengthens California’s fiscal and economic standing by protecting taxpayer dollars, promoting transparency, modeling financial integrity, and supporting accountability throughout government.

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, hair style and texture, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. Rev. 01/2023